The Association of Black Cardiologists and the Heart Institute of the Caribbean Conclude Successful First Annual Joint “Masters of Cardiology” Conference

The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), Inc., an inclusive organization dedicated to eliminating disparities in cardiovascular diseases, and the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC), the premier center of excellence for cardiovascular care in the English-speaking Caribbean, concluded its first joint conference with more than 150 registered attendees on January 18 – 20, 2019. Various healthcare professionals (physicians, nurses, cardiac technicians, and medical students) participated in ‘Conversations with…Masters in Cardiology: Cardiovascular Care and Technology in Low Resource Environments’ and were afforded insight into how to utilize the latest technologies to positively impact patient care in low resource nations.

“A medical conference with such a large and internationally esteemed faculty presenting together under one roof has been unprecedented in the region, until now,” said Dr. Ernest Madu, Program Co-chair and Chairman, HIC and HIC Heart Hospital. “We are thrilled to have broken another barrier by bringing such a high level medical conference to Jamaica, and extremely pleased by the attendance and interest demonstrated by the local and international medical community. The Masters of Cardiology conference was another successful collaboration between the Heart Institute of the Caribbean and the Association of Black Cardiologists. This will be an annual event, and we look forward to an even bigger and better showing in 2020, under the theme Medicine and Society.”

The two-day, eight-session conference featured leading clinicians, researchers and chairs of medicine and cardiology representing prestigious international institutions, including Yale University, The University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, UCLA, Harvard Medical School, Heart Institute of the Caribbean, Tulane University and the University of the West Indies. “Masters” and panelists covered such topics as Bridging Access to Care; Imaging, Ischemic and Non-ischemic Heart Disease; Heart Failure; Cardiovascular Risks and Preventive Cardiology. The discussions placed special focus on patients of African origin, emphasizing cardiovascular pharmacotherapy and interventions and international collaboration. The conference concluded with case presentations from HIC, encompassing a lively exchange on quality and standards of care.

Conference highlights included a special keynote lecture from Michael Parmacek, MD, Chairman, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, who addressed “Training Physician Leaders.” Following Dr. Parmacek’s lead-off, stimulating keynote address, ABC Past Chair, Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, and Principal Investigator of the NEW-HOPE Study, presented “New and Emerging Concepts in Resistant Hypertension: Focus on the NEW-HOPE Study.” Dr. Ferdinand highlighted the results from the Phase 2b trial of firibastat, a first-in-class brain aminopeptidase A inhibitor (BAPAI). This study confirmed the excellent short-term results in lowering high blood pressure in a high-risk, diverse population and should lead the way to a pivotal Phase 3 trial with firibastat in resistant hypertension. The ABC-Quantum Genomics collaboration succeeded in optimizing the participation of traditionally underrepresented minorities in this trial. Participation of minority patients in clinical trials is an important part of ABC’s Collaborative Value-Based Care initiative and a critical component of ABC’s mission. 

Additional speakers from across the globe included Karol Watson, MD, PhD, Director of the UCLA Women’s Cardiovascular Health Center (“Addressing Cardiovascular Disease in Afro-Caribbean Populations through Cardiovascular Risk Prevention”), Dawn Scantlebury, MD, Senior Associate Lecturer in Cardiology, University of West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados (“Diagnosis and Treatment of Heart Disease in Women – Special Considerations in Caribbean Patients”), Eric Velazquez, MD, Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital (“Lessons from STITCH, PARADIGM-HF and PIONEER-HF Trials – Implications for Caribbean Patients with Heart Failure), Michael Boyne, MD, PhD, Chair of Medicine at The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica (“Role of Diabetes and Lipid Disorders in Heart Disease in the Caribbean”), Thomas Cappola, MD, ScM, Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (“Molecular Basis of Heart Failure”), Felix Nunura, MD of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (“Heart Failure in Caribbean Patients – Special Considerations”), David Harrison, MD, Medical Director and Vice President of Clinical Quality, Teladoc Health (“Improving Health Outcomes via Virtual Care”), Barbara Hutchinson, MD, ABC’s Immediate Past President and Managing Partner of Chesapeake Cardiac Care (“Sleep and Cardiovascular Disease – Special Considerations for the Caribbean”) and Glen Gaulton, PhD, Vice Dean and Director of the Center for Global Health, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (“Leveraging International Collaborations to Advance Global Healthcare: A Real World Approach”).

In a special evening ceremony at the Bob Marley Museum, Richard Allen Williams, MD, Founder of the ABC, received the 2019 HIC Trailblazer Award. Reggae Superstar and Legendary Icon, Marcia Griffiths (formerly part of Bob Marley and I-Threes) provided rousing entertainment for the faculty and attendees at the evening event.

Source via PR Newswire 

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